Facile Synthesis of Mesoporous α-MnO2 Flower-Like Nanostructures and Their Catalytic Performance in the Degradation of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Wastes
A simple hydrothermal method was developed for synthesis of the flower-like α-MnO2 nanostructures composed of nanoflakes. The obtained MnO2 nanostructures have an average diameter of 300–600 nm. Surface area and pore size distribution of the flower-like nanostructures were characterized by the nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherm measurements. The catalytic performance of the flower-like MnO2 nanostructures was evaluated in the degradation of poly(ethylene terephthalate) wastes using ethylene glycol as solvent, and the effects of various reaction conditions on the degradation were studied. FT-IR, 1H NMR and DSC were used to identify the glycolysis products. It was found that bis(2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalate monomer was dominant in the product which was effectively separated from other oligomers in quite pure crystalline form.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2012
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